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Title: Animated avatars
Post by: CASK1 on January 17, 2010, 11:06:57 PM
I have high-speed cable internet access, but the few members who post with animated avatars cause a dramatic slowdown in navigating the forum. Anyone else experiencing this? Can anything be done?
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: Hokerer on January 18, 2010, 02:58:35 AM
I don't have much problem with the avatars, but the animated (and or oversized) graphics in signatures drive me crazy.  Completely messes up the formatting of the forum.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: joelambic on January 18, 2010, 03:29:18 AM
There are profile settings to disable avatars and signatures in the "Looks and Layout Preferences" section.

An alternative would be a plugin - if available - for your browser to either block specific images as needed or only cycle animated graphics once or twice rather than a continuous loop.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: tygo on January 18, 2010, 04:47:14 AM
There are profile settings to disable avatars and signatures in the "Looks and Layout Preferences" section.

An alternative would be a plugin - if available - for your browser to either block specific images as needed or only cycle animated graphics once or twice rather than a continuous loop.

+1

I rarely have any connection problems due to animated gifs in posts, but if I did I'd just have firefox block them.

Edit - Actually now that I look all of the avatars I'm seeing are uploaded to this site and seem to be hosted here rather than being hotlinked.  If that's right then blocking them via firefox would block all avatars.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: majorvices on January 20, 2010, 02:17:26 PM
I personally hate animated avatars. I'll ask the bosses and see what they think.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: blatz on January 20, 2010, 02:40:31 PM
FWIW, I believe you can hit ESC to stop the animation.  Granted you have to do that on every page, but in the meantime, it may be helpful to you.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: majorvices on January 20, 2010, 02:43:57 PM
I think there should be a file size limit on Avatars. Some animation is fine as long is it is simple. I requested this from our Admins.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: denny on January 20, 2010, 05:10:23 PM
Seems like a good idea to me....we just need to figure out how to implement it.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: denny on January 20, 2010, 07:17:05 PM
Would somebody point out a couple of the avatars that are causing problems so we can figure out what to do?
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: Hokerer on January 20, 2010, 08:49:48 PM
Not technically an "avatar" since it's in the "signature" but this one messes me up (sigs ought to be limited to one or two lines).

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae216/grimesinma/4970012-CoconutDrop.gif)
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: majorvices on January 21, 2010, 03:51:42 PM
I'm on dial-up so just about any of them except the most inanely simply bog me down. Don't make me go look for them - that's torture.

I will say, there are not many yet. The "batman" (not sure the user) one takes a good 30-45 seconds to load for me though. No offense meant to the owners of those avatars, and I don't want to get people pissed off at the forum, but I think a file size limit on avatars is a smart thing to impose for everyone.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: denny on January 21, 2010, 04:44:32 PM
I wonder just how effective a file size limit would be.  For instance, the coconut tree above is under 30K.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: glitterbug on January 21, 2010, 05:17:56 PM
Let the user decide what they want. All browsers should have an option to disable animated gifs.

Firefox:
   In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
   In the filter field type animation
   In the results listed double-click on image.animation_mode
   In the pop-up box type in one of the following:
          * none — will prevent image animation
          * normal (default) — will allow it to play over and over

Opera:
  press F12
  unselect Enable GIF animation

Internet Explorer:
  go to Internet Options < Advanced < Multimedia
  unselect Play animations in web pages
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: denny on January 21, 2010, 05:27:16 PM
Great info, glitterbug!
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: majorvices on January 21, 2010, 06:10:24 PM
I wonder just how effective a file size limit would be.  For instance, the coconut tree above is under 30K.

That one loads quickly for me. Some of the ones over at B3 never load. Personally, I'm not dead set one way or another. A lot of forums have file size limits on their avatars, some don't allow animated gifs.

The "let the user decide" thing is fine, I'm on Safari and I'll have to poke around to see what options I have.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: glitterbug on January 21, 2010, 06:38:16 PM
I wonder just how effective a file size limit would be.  For instance, the coconut tree above is under 30K.

That one loads quickly for me. Some of the ones over at B3 never load. Personally, I'm not dead set one way or another. A lot of forums have file size limits on their avatars, some don't allow animated gifs.

The "let the user decide" thing is fine, I'm on Safari and I'll have to poke around to see what options I have.

I think you have to do it with a plugin or addon. I can't find any info about how to disable them.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: a10t2 on January 21, 2010, 07:02:12 PM
I think you have to do it with a plugin or addon. I can't find any info about how to disable them.

Yup, you have to use something like PithHelmet. Or temporarily disable images in the "Develop" menu. (Which is activated in the "Advanced" tab in Preferences.)
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: beerocd on January 21, 2010, 07:13:10 PM
The "batman" (not sure the user)

Man that one is annoying.(I think that's the point of it)  I'm just glad he doesn't seem to post a lot.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: joelambic on January 21, 2010, 07:20:01 PM
I think you have to do it with a plugin or addon. I can't find any info about how to disable them.

Yup, you have to use something like PithHelmet. Or temporarily disable images in the "Develop" menu. (Which is activated in the "Advanced" tab in Preferences.)
Just a note that it looks like most of the Safari plugins use SIMBL so - sadly - are no joy for Safari users on Windows.  I realize this isn't the key market for Safari but it would be nice to have something similar to PithHelmet or SafariStand.  Firefox + plugins being available across the various platforms I use is so convenient.
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: dbeechum on January 21, 2010, 07:32:21 PM
Another option here is to turn off avatars and signatures in your profile.

There are checkboxes for both under the profile link for "Layout and Look Preferences"
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: Hokerer on January 21, 2010, 08:28:26 PM
Another option here is to turn off avatars and signatures in your profile.

There are checkboxes for both under the profile link for "Layout and Look Preferences"

You 'da man!!!  Turning off sigs makes things mucho better
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: denny on January 21, 2010, 09:51:38 PM
Another option here is to turn off avatars and signatures in your profile.

There are checkboxes for both under the profile link for "Layout and Look Preferences"

You 'da man!!!  Turning off sigs makes things mucho better

Yeah, that's why we keep him around!  ;)
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: joelambic on January 22, 2010, 04:01:54 PM
Another option here is to turn off avatars and signatures in your profile.

There are checkboxes for both under the profile link for "Layout and Look Preferences"

You 'da man!!!  Turning off sigs makes things mucho better

Yeah, that's why we keep him around!  ;)

Interesting.  I made the same suggestion way back at post #3.  :-X
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: dbeechum on January 22, 2010, 05:40:14 PM
Interesting.  I made the same suggestion way back at post #3.  :-X

Looking back.. indeedly you did. I just reinforced your already wise suggestion that got lost in the shuffle of browser plugins. :)
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: joelambic on January 25, 2010, 07:53:01 AM
Interesting.  I made the same suggestion way back at post #3.  :-X

Looking back.. indeedly you did. I just reinforced your already wise suggestion that got lost in the shuffle of browser plugins. :)
No worries
Title: Re: Animated avatars
Post by: euge on February 25, 2010, 06:42:00 PM
Other forums limit the file size to 100KB for animated gif's, which is pretty small in the scheme of things. However, depending on the composition/complexity (number of frames) and size of the gif and some other factors, getting under has been challenging for me.